Accession Number : AD1046352


Title :   The Uzbekistan Kyrgyzstan Border: Institutional Legitimacy and Regional Stability


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States


Personal Author(s) : Drexler,Adam W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1046352.pdf


Report Date : 01 Jun 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 161


Abstract : Examining the political and social consequences of coercive border enforcement, this thesis hypothesizes that unilateral border hardening erodes institutional legitimacy and undermines regional stability. Relying on a case study of the UzbekistanKyrgyzstan border in Central Asias Ferghana Valley, the thesis finds that border hardening is likely to change local perceptions of the border, diminish its overall institutional legitimacy, and weaken regional stability. Border institutions depend on a mixture of willing obedience and coercion by the state to obtain social compliance. Coercive and illegitimate means of border enforcement may have unintended consequences, undermining perceptions of legitimacy and leading to a logic of escalation of border hardening measures. This may in turn necessitate increasing levels of coercive border enforcement in order to achieve social compliance. Perceptions of border legitimacy influence the extent to which individuals voluntarily comply with border rules. Methods of border hardening are nearly always regarded as illegitimate and coercive when they adversely affect the local population. Policy-makers and military leaders must move beyond simple assumptions about borders as barriers in order to balance short- and long-term factors of security, strengthen a borders institutional legitimacy, and promote regional stability.


Descriptors :   border security , globalization , geopolitics , international conflicts , KIRGYZIA , Uzbekistan , foreign aid , BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE